Held at Vienna’s Ronacher Theatre, yesterday’s Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis ceremonies included special honors for Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The Siberian baritone was awarded with the “Golden Papageno” in the ORF III Media category, one of the three special prizes presented annually. The awards, honoring the best of music and theater, are open to all artists who have appeared in an Austrian city, state, or federal theater and are subject to nomination by the theaters themselves.
Dmitri was celebrated alongside a starry lineup of colleagues, including conductor Zubin Mehta who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2016 jury for the Golden Papagenos included tenors Rolando Villazón and Dmitry Korchak, fellow baritone Adrian Eröd, Intendant-designate of the Staatsoper Berlin Matthias Schulz, and Kammersänger Peter Seiffert.